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A young black man trashed a slavery reparations bill in front of Congressional Democrats during a contentious hearing. What followed was ...

Congressional Hearing on Slave Reparations Explodes – Witness Blasts House Dems to Their Faces

A young black man trashed a slavery reparations bill in front of Congressional Democrats during a contentious hearing. What followed was an explosion and members of the audience booing loudly at the young man.
According to a report in Mediaite, Coleman Hughes–a writer for the outlet Quillette–called the bill a “moral and political mistake.” His remarks prompted the House chair of the hearing to tell the audience to “chill” several times.
The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties had a hearing Wednesday morning called “H.R. 40 and the Path to Restorative Justice.” At the hearing, several witnesses testified about slavery reparations. The bill, called HR 40, proposes a commission of taxpayer-funded bureaucrats to “study” reparations and figure out the best way to implement them.
Hughes, testifying for the minority, delivered a lengthy opening. He said that “nothing I’m about to say is meant to minimize the horror and brutality of slavery and Jim Crow” and added “our failure to pay reparations directly to freed slaves after the civil war to be one of the greatest injustices ever perpetrated by the US government.” Then he went off on the bill.
The audience booed Hughes after he said, “Black people don’t need another apology. We need safer neighborhoods and better schools. We need a less punitive criminal justice system. We need affordable health care. And none of these things can be achieved through reparations for slavery.”
He continued, “Nearly everyone close to me told me not to testify today. They told me that even though I have only ever voted for Democrats, I would be perceived as Republican and therefore hated by half the country. Others told me that by distancing myself from Republicans, I would end up angering the other half of the country. And the sad truth is that they were both right. That’s how suspicious we have become. Of one another. That’s how divided we are.”
Hughes went on to call reparations an “insult” to “many black Americans by putting a price on the suffering of their ancestors, and we would turn the relationship between black Americans and white Americans from a coalition into a transaction.”
He said, “Reparations by definition are only given to victims, so the moment you give me reparations, you’ve made me into a victim without my consent. Not just that, you’ve made 1/3 of black Americans who poll against reparations into victims without their consent, and black Americans have fought too long for the right to define themselves to be spoken for in such a condescending manner.”
“The question is not what America owes me by virtue of my ancestry, the question is what all Americans owe each other by virtue of being citizens of the same nation,” Hughes said. “And the obligation of citizenship is not transactional. It’s not contingent on ancestry. It never expires, and it can’t be paid off. For all these reasons, bill HR 40 is a moral and political mistake.”
The audience, which was full of reparations supporters, were booing Hughes loudly. Steve Cohen banged his gavel and ordered the audience to “Chill, chill, chill, chill!”
The entire time, however, Hughes remained strong in his position and reminded the furious audience that he has the right to speak.